Award-winning country music star, Kirsty Lee Akers, has announced a run of shows for 2020 as part of her Small Town Big Hearts tour, with a focus on regional areas affected by drought and bushfires.
Akers will kick off the tour at A Day in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley this weekend, with South Australia in for a treat in July with 5 shows, including a ticketed fundraiser in Gawler to collect donations for Rural Aid's Buy-A-Bale (tickets on sale next week). Special guest for the SA shows is up and coming country music starlet and local, Abbie Ferris.
"I'm so excited to be heading on tour this year, this is a special one. I've been lucky to have performed in some amazing places, and this tour is going to take me to the heart and soul of Australia. My main focus with this tour is bringing my music to the little country towns that often get forgotten about. I can't do anything about the drought or bushfires, but I can try to lift the spirits of the people in these small communities. Even just for a few hours, I want to help those folks with big hearts doing it tough." – Kirsty Lee Akers
Fans can expect to hear all of Akers hits, including her latest smash singles from her 2018 album, Under My Skin.
The pocket rocket will also take in Dargo Pub in July and Calliope Rodeo in September, with further dates to be announced imminently for Victoria, NSW, ACT and Queensland.
SMALL TOWN BIG HEARTS TOUR DATES
Sat, 29 Feb | A Day in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Sat, 4 Jul | Willalooka Tavern, Willalooka, SA **
Sun, 5 Jul | The Terrace Function Centre, Gawler, SA ***
Fri, 10 Jul | Federal Hotel, Port Pirie, SA **
Sat, 11 Jul | William Creek Hotel, William Creek, SA **
Sun, 12 Jul | Stein's Taphouse, Nuriootpa, SA **
Fri, 17 Jul | Noojee Hotel, Noojee, Vic **
Sat, 18 Jul | Dargo Pub, Dargo, Vic **
Sat, 26 Sep | Calliope Rodeo, Calliope, Qld
** Special guest Abbie Ferris
*** Special guests Abbie Ferris & Liam Halford
Kirsty Lee Akers is one of Australia's most unique and authentic recording artists. She is a rare talent who is proud of her Indigenous heritage as a woman of the Wonnarua nation. Akers describes herself as a fusion of modern Country and Americana, with Pop stylings.
The last few years have seen Akers achieve many accolades including a Golden Guitar Award finalist spot in 2017, an APRA Award finalist spot (Radio Airplay Award), Vanda and Young Song writing Competition (Song-writing Award) finalist spot and seven CMC TV Award nominations (2016/2017/2018). She has also been recognised with multiple honourable mentions in the International Song writing Competition (USA).
Kirsty's fifth studio album entitled Under My Skin was self-produced and released in July 2018, landing at #5 on the ARIA Country Albums chart, #8 on the ARIA Australian Albums chart and the 29th spot on the ARIA albums chart (all genres).